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Area 51 (2015)

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Three young conspiracy theorists attempt to uncover the mysteries of Area 51, the government's secret location rumored to have hosted encounters with alien beings. What they find at this hidden facility exposes unimaginable secrets.

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Oren Peli

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reid Warner ... Reid
Darrin Bragg ... Darrin
Ben Rovner ... Ben
Jelena Nik ... Jelena
Roy Abramsohn ... Jim Nelson
Frank Novak Frank Novak ... Frank Novak
Glenn Campbell ... Glenn Campbell
Conception West Conception West ... Little A'Le'Inn Waitress
James Decker James Decker ... Kooky Rachel Local
Patrick Sullivan Patrick Sullivan ... Lazar's Insider Security
David Thornsberry David Thornsberry ... Employee
Jenna Thornsberry Jenna Thornsberry ... Area 51 Employee's Wife
Amelia Thornsberry Amelia Thornsberry ... Employee Daughter
Wray Featherstone Wray Featherstone ... Reid's Dad
Sandra Staggs ... Reid's Mom
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Storyline

Obsessed with breaking into the U.S. Air Force highly classified facility known only as Area 51, three young friends and zealous conspiracy theorists--Reid, Darrin and Ben--travel to Las Vegas. Equipped with state-of-the-art gear, they team up with Jelena, the daughter of the secret installation's former employee, and summon up the courage to sneak into the facility, intent on unearthing its otherworldly mysteries. There, in the bowels of the heavily guarded compound, terrifying truths and unfathomable knowledge await, and only the audacious UFO investigators' raw footage can prove their existence. However, can they make it back in one piece to share it with the world? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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They're Here.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

51-es körzet See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,556, 17 May 2015

Gross USA:

$7,556

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,556
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Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The Las Vegas TV reporter George Knapp has an uncredited appearance in the beginning of the film. Knapp became known nationally in the late 1980s by reporting the story of Bob Lazar, who claimed to have worked on extraterrestrial UFOs at the secretive Area 51, S4 section. See more »

Goofs

When the undercover agent approaches them claiming to be a tourist, there is a chest-level "GoPro" shot with all three men in the frame, and no fourth man to film it. See more »

Quotes

Town local interviewee: Area 51, man. It's the 51st state.
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Crazy Credits

There is a scene after the ending credits. See more »

Connections

References Psycho (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Reid's Rap
(uncredited)
Performed by Reid Warner
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Abysmal film; not scary!
21 June 2015 | by amazo-the-magicianSee all my reviews

I love scary movies, and I really love "scary" movies-- from Blair Witch to Paranormal Activity, I've always been a huge fan of shaky cameras and found footage. Ghosts and aliens scare me, and classic terror tropes work wonders on me! Things jumping out from behind other things and unexpected screams are my idea of a fun movie night.

If you are looking for a scary movie with aliens as the focus, I would recommend picking up Dark Skies, or John Carpenter's The Thing... but not Area 51, because this is a terrible film. I put it on expecting to be shock-scared, or at least creeped out... but all I got was progressively more and more annoyed.

The first half of the film does absolutely nothing but establish that the viewer should lack empathy for the main characters-- they are vapid young men who enjoy drinking, planning ineffectively, and disrespecting professional entertainers.

The second half of the film is meant to heighten the viewer's anxiety and presumably scare us, but it falls disappointingly short in that respect. Instead it devolves into lots of running and flailing, lots of awful camera work, and terrible physical acting. When the end finally comes, it's more a relief than anything else.

The only positive thing I have to say about this movie is that the main characters' treatment of their female colleague was basically respectful, which is more than what I can say for most movies that are structured in the "x number of guys + 1 girl" model. Nobody grabs her breasts or calls her disgusting names or belittles her intelligence based on her gender. That's awesome.

The rest of the film? Really not so much.


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